How many people live in Chicago?

Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States, with 2.7 million residents in the city and 9.5 million in the metropolitan area.

When was Chicago incorporated as a city?

March 4th, 1837

What is Chicago famous for?

Chicago started off as a trading post and today is a global city.  During the hot dry summer of 1871, a large fire (referred to as The Chicago Fire) broke out burning 17,000 buildings to the ground and injuring 300 people.  The city was quick to rebuild and celebrated it's return by hosting the 1893 World's Fair.  Today, Chicago is known for it's diverse culture, comedy, deep-dish pizza, and much more.

Is Chicago the capital of the state of Illinois?

No.  Springfield, IL, (about 200 miles southwest of Chicago) is the state capital.

What food is Chicago known for?

Chicago is a foodie paradise, but our staples are deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, and Italian beef sandwiches.

Chicago nicknames include "The Windy City" and the "City of Big Shoulders".

"The Windy City" actually comes from an article published in 1876, stating that Chicago's politicians were "full of hot air".  The "City of Big Shoulders" comes from the fact that Chicago's roots trace back to a gritty, industrial town.

What is "The Loop"?

The Loop is commonly referred to as the downtown area bounded by the El tracks.  The Loop is the central business district of Chicago.